By Adama Tine
The European Research Institute (ERI) on Tuesday inaugurated a network to mitigate and monitor the effect of climate change along The River Gambia.
The inauguration of the European Union, GCCA+ founded project ceremony, held at Abuko Nature Reserve in Abuko, is meant to enhance effective collection and transmission of data on significant environmental events and biophysical parameters to the National Environmental Agency in order to enhance the monitoring of the sheltered coast along the Gambia River.
Speaking at the ceremony, Samba Jawo, ERI representative in the Gambia said, the target beneficiaries of the project are the coastal communities located along the River Gambia in Lower River Region, adding that the project also aims to provide rural communities with alternative livelihood opportunities and income.
“For a successful implementation, it is essential for all actors to fully understand the project target goals and objectives, because of its importance, strong collaboration among partner institutions is required,” he said.
The EU Program Manager, Evangelina Blango, said as part of the current GCCA+ project one of the major components was about working with communities because the effect of the impact of climate change is touching everyone and he said there is a great and important element of raising awareness and working at all different levels on climate change related issues.
Momodou Lamin Gassama, Director of the Department of Parks and Wild Life described the project as an important aspect in the coastal area because nearly 90% of all wildlife protected areas are located in those areas.
“We must learn to coexist and mitigate climate change. The Gambia emits very little but we must learn to mitigate as animals are also learning to mitigate,” he said.
Aruna AM Jobe, Project Coordinator of GCCA+ said: “the partnership with ERI is a win-win situation and I hope its launching will yield the desired results towards the sustainable protection of our coastal and marine resources for the present and the future.